Competent Employees Part 2

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mtdman, Jul 7, 2003.

  1. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    As a take off on the original Competent Employees thread, how do you get employees to work for you 7 months outta the year and keep them year after year? My season only goes for 7 months with leaf cleanup. I don't do enough snow to hire someone, and even if I did, the winters are so crazy and unpredictable here that I couldn't afford to pay someone through the winter. How do you find employees willing to work 7/12 months, good employees that you can trust? Some of the guys I see on other crews look like they are one step outta the gutter, and that is scary. I wouldn't mind maybe starting to hire people, but I just don't know how to do it.


  2. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Messages: 776

    Help them find jobs for the winter months if you can't keep them employed personally. They will appreciate it.
  3. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    Good Luck. If you "lay them off" in the winter, they could collect unemployment. The downside is, now they have to register at MiWorks! and put a resume online and go to job training classes. During this time, someone else may offer them a job. Another option is to do tree trimming during the winter or expand your business to include holiday decorating. That should get you through much of the winter. Another LCO that I know buys "fixer-uppers", old homes that need lots of work. He has his crews do the remodeling on them during the winter and turns around and either sells them or rents them out.


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